Post-Game #58: How the Interior…Regular Season Was Won

Game Recap 

Boxscore 

Penticton Herald “Vees in 5” Highlights  

  • Well that’s a way to win a regular season division title. Tonight’s game was the Vees season in a nutshell. They never made it easy on themselves but found a way to come throw when they needed to. They surrender an early goal against, battle back to take the lead, only to give up a tying marker very late but win it in overtime. I’ve heard this narrative before. But hey, it was dramatic, it was fun and no one is going to forget this one for quite some time.
  • Early, tonight followed a similar script to Friday. Salmon Arm grab another lead early and the Vees were forced to play catch up early. They didn’t have their best first periods last night and Saturday followed similar script. Friday they didn’t get much going in the offensive end but  Saturday their issues were in their own end; early on anyway. Salmon Arm pressed and were buzzing in the first. Fred Harbinson said pre-game he expected Salmon Arm to come out with “one big swing”  and they did.
  • The  ‘Backs big guns, Evan Anderson, Alex Gillies and Landon Smith had their chances in the first. In particular Smith, who I had down for four, maybe five scoring chances in the opening period? Serious, he was around the net and action so much in the first period, every scoring seemed to go through him; product of a short bench.
  • The Vees gave up 12 shots in the first, which was a stark contrast to their stingy play Friday night. How so? They only surrendered 11 shots in the final two period combined on Friday.
  • Yeah, they were chasing too much in the first period, but that’s why they have the goaltenders they do. Those two usually face a light workload but tonight, Miska was busier than usual and excelled. Misk’ made several stops on deflections and in-close chances when the ‘Backs were around their net. His best save was against Jeff Kennedy, when he kicked-out his right leg, while he slid to his right, after a back-door feed to Kennedy.
  • It was fire-wagon hockey in the first two periods. It was fun. Well, for fans and broadcasters anyway. Coaches blood pressure was rising. Both teams were going back and forth, up and down the ice and there was long stretches without the whistles. It was just one of those nights. You have a game plan but sometimes that goes out the window when the puck is dropped. The Vees at least got back to their brand of hockey in the third period, where it seemed to tighten up.
  • We get hung up on the opening period but when the dust settled they were tied going into the first intermission. No, that wasn’t ideal, as Salmon Arm was short-staffed but again, like Friday, at least the Vees didn’t get into a hole. It wasn’t their “A” game early but their backup got them through to the second relatively unscathed.
  • The “fourth line” was great last night, as Ben Dalpe, Josh Blanchard and Max Coatta were an effective trio. The Vees replace two-thirds of that line tonight, subbing in Cam Amantea and Travis Blanleil and they manufacture the tying goal in the first. Talk about depth. What other team can do that?
  • Hey, the Vees got better as they game wore on but couldn’t really pull away from Salmon Arm, thanks in large part to Angus Redmond. He faced a lot of rubber but kept his team in it for long enough; they hung around long enough to tie it late.
  • Nice to see the Vees power-play finally get on the scoresheet after some tremendous pressure. They got a five-on-three and pressured the ‘Backs late in the second; it was frantic at times. They got a favourable bounce off the end boards and Erik Benoit was there to capitalize.
  • Great night, with terrific fan support and non one, from a Vees perspective, could have asked for a better ending.

 

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About frodgers

Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations for the Penticton Vees
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